The 2nd International Web Observatory Workshop (WOW2014)

The 2nd International Web Observatory Workshop (WOW2014)

8th April 2014, Seoul, Korea in conjunction with the 23nd International World Wide Web Conference

Workshop website

Building on a successful inaugural workshop at the WWW conference last year, WOW2014 provides a focus for the emerging Web Observatory community to share tools, methods, results and experience in the development and deployment of Web Observatories – and to set the agenda for future work in the field.


The Web operates at a very large scale and is dominated by emergent phenomena with radical innovations coming from and driven by its users and in time scales that are faster than those exhibited by earlier computer-based systems. We are just beginning to understand how to conduct scientific research on the huge and constantly changing socio-technical system formed by the web and all the people and agents that use it. There are significant challenges in deploying methodologies, datasets, and analytic and visualisation tools, which are fundamental elements of Web Observatories. Scientific method begins with instrumentation and measurement to describe and characterize what is actually happening. Only then can we begin to develop theories and abstractions that enable better design of future evolutions of the systems and quantitative predictions of their behaviour.


Workshop paper deadlines: 14th January 2014 (23:59 UTC-11)

Workshop paper notifications: 4th February

2014 Workshop paper final copy hard deadline: 12th February 2014


Numerous research labs around the world are building Web Observatories and conducting studies within them, many highly advanced, but typically developed in isolation. The objectives of the workshop are therefore:

* A forum for reporting, presenting, and evaluating this work and disseminating new approaches to advance the discipline;

* An opportunity to explore how Web Observatories might in the future inter-operate; be that through the exchange of data, metadata, remote access, algorithms, or results;

* A venue for critically and constructively evaluating and verifying the operation of Web Observatories and the results that flow from them;

* Continuation of a workshop series for the Web Observatory research community, setting the agenda for research in the field.


Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

* What is required of an Observatory so it can be used for empirical research of Web associated phenomena? What is the taxonomy of Web Observatories?

* What software and services are required to build a Web Observatory?

* How can we analyse and visualise the vast quantity of data captured by Web Observatories? Can we construct computational models for these systems?

* How can we use the Web as a tool to study real world events and situations?

* What kinds of temporal models and methods do we need to access and explore the diachronic Web?

* Which methods of semantic enrichment are needed to allow easy exploration of Web Observatory data sets and corpora?

* Can observed patterns and trends of existing communities be applied to aid the formation and evolution of new, more effective and collaborative, shared-interest groups?

* How can I use observatory tools to explore emerging communities / activities on the Web and to understand the evolution of the Web?

* Can non-consumptive methods play a role in opening Web Observatories to researchers?

* How can Web Observatories share or exchange datasets, tooling, and methods?

* What are the ethical, legal, and commercial implications of Web Observatories as a research resource? How might these be addressed?

How do I know the data from a Web Observatory is correct? What methods are required for validation and corroboration?

We invite full papers (6 pages) or position papers (up to 3 pages).

Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit to WOW2014 on EasyChair by 14th January 2014. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

All submitted papers must:

* be written in English;

* contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;

* be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template(

with a font size no smaller than 9pt;

* be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size;

* occupy no more than six pages, including the abstract, references, and appendices.

It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format.

Submissions that do not comply with the above guidelines may be rejected without review.

Any paper published by the ACM, IEEE, etc. which can be properly cited constitutes research which must be considered in judging the novelty of a WWW submission, whether the published paper was in a conference, journal, or workshop. Therefore, any paper previously published as part of a WWW workshop must be referenced and suitably extended with new content to qualify as a new submission to the Research Track at the WWW conference.

ACM template:



Programme Chairs

David De Roure, University of Oxford, UK Wolfgang Nejdl,  L3S and Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Organising chair: Kevin Page, University of Oxford

Proceedings chair: Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton


Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore

Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University

Wendy Hall, University of Southampton



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